Alot of people think that going “Green” or “cruelty-free” is expensive. The common thought is that cruelty-free brands, vegan brands and natural/green brands are more exspensive. This can be true for some companies but, definitely not all. Here is how going cruelty-free can actually save you money.
1. You become more choosing.
Once you have made the commitment to go cruelty-free you can’t buy every new thing that comes out. Maybelline has a new liquid lipstick, L’Oréal launches a new mascara, Estee Lauder has a new fragrance for the holiday season. Not for you! In fact now and days the everyday drugstore and beauty department is so flooded with companies that test on animals that it’s easier to keep a short list of what you can buy versus what you can’t. And this will save you money because you have a smaller pool of options when you are out shopping.
2. You can make your own everyday hygienic/cleaning products.
Normally you would spend anywhere from $10-$30+ on things like shampoo, conditioner, face wash, body wash,laundry detergent,window cleaner, etc. But you could save hundreds a year making your own. One easy way to get started is to use castile soap. Dr.Bonners is all natural plant based and cruelty-free. You can get a giant 32oz container of their liquid soap for $10! It’s super concentrated so you dilute it in every concoction. That means you can get several products and uses from one 32oz bottle. If you would like me to do a post on some recipes let me know in the comments.
3. Alot of cruelty-free brands cost the same or less than mainstream brands.
See my previous post “affordable baby swaps” for some examples. Some other very affordable cruelty-free brands are Wet n Wild, Pacifica, Pixi, Seventh Generation, Shea Moisture, Soapbox, etc. For a whole list visit http://www.crueltyfreekitty.com and http://www.peta.org
I hope some of these examples helped convince you to make the switch. It really is easier than you think.